Pet Heaven: Faiths have differing views about animals in the afterlife

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  • pinkgurl Ogden, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    My cousin is a hospice nurse and has said numerous times that a few of her patients will see their dogs that have died in the room with them right before they die... so I totally believe that they have souls and are going to be with us after we die. Heaven wouldn't be much of a heaven without our sweet little animals. I can't have babies, and my puppy seems to sense that and he tries his very hardest to fill that void and does a good job! He's a sweetheart and I truly believe he'll be there with me on the other side!!

  • Anthracite Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    Larry, if Mormons didn't like animals, then I'd probably be able to home teach more families. Alas, I'm terribly allergic to pet hair and just can't go in some houses. I don't hate animals. I just can't be around them because of my health.

    At any rate, another stereotype about Mormons falls flat.

  • jwdudley Corpus Christi, TX
    Nov. 28, 2010 10:12 a.m.

    God-fearing men see in animals part of Gods generous provision for human welfare. Animals have served man as burden bearers, as sources of food and clothing, as sanitation agents, and as helpers in the vital activities of plowing and harvesting. Their variety of form and color has delighted his eye; their habits and instincts have been and still are an extensive field for inquiry into the marvels of Gods creative work. Though animals die in the same manner as man, they do not share his hope of a resurrection.2Pe 2:12;

  • Seronac Orem, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    Yep, good animals, like dogs, will go to heaven. But the obnoxious ones like skunks and mosquitoes will go the the lower kingdoms. Cats will be somewhere in between. ;-)

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    I have three dogs, now four as of today. I personally have a emotional and unique relationship with every single one of them. I love them just as I love my family. They are in my life for a reason. Every one of them brings a different presence to my home. They bring so much happiness to me and my family. For those who think animals won't go to heaven, boy are you misinformed. Animals are innocent and non judgmental, if you don't believe me, get a dog and indulge with him or her and you will feel otherwise. I love animals, what a sad world it would be without them.

  • dice1899 West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:58 p.m.


    Whether or not you go to the Celestial Kingdom is entirely up to you. If you do your utmost to do what the Lord has asked of you, then you'll be able to go there with your dog. There's no need to make bitter comments on a messageboard because you don't want to put in the work needed.

  • SamiAntha Murray, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 4:22 p.m.

    Note to Larry- did you read the same article I did- where you got "Mormons seem to not like God's little creatures" is beyond me! They seem to be the only ones who have a FIRM belief that our little furry friends DO, INDEED, go to heaven!

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Nov. 27, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    So, I'm not going to the Celestial Kingdom, but my dog is?

    I. Don't. Think. So.

  • Larry Willard, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    In case you do not know, My Dogs do know the difference about being fair, Something Man Kind has a problem with. Mormons seem not to like Gods little creatures, How can they go to Church with these thoughts in their minds? God and his creatures are not even thought of in their minds.
    Only Animal Lovers understand the Love Animals give to Humans. Animals ask for no more than love and food. A House to call their own with a RESPECTABLE Individual that is willing to pay some small token for the LOVE he will receive. A Boy without a Dog is a Problem Child.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Nov. 27, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    If my cat can't go with me, I'm not going.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    I'm under the impression that some religions don't believe that animals can go to 'heaven' because they harbor the belief that humans are the greatest creation and thus are the only ones worthy for exaltation.

    But I imagine animals are far less disappointing in their behavior towards God than man is. But if God is so merciful to rescue even us, who continually chose evil, why wouldn't he also rescue animals? I imagine they might be easier to save!

  • Sarah Nichole West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 7:23 a.m.

    It's strange to me that some religions don't believe animals don't have souls and won't go to heaven. They're living creations of our Father in Heaven, and each one has a unique personality, so they clearly do have souls. Our Father obviously loves them, if He gave us charge over them, so why wouldn't they go to heaven after they die? Wouldn't a loving God want to be surrounded by His creations?